Hospitalisation and positivity rate show a downward trend as situation improves.
Abilash (name changed), a 36-year-old from Thoraipakkam, who was suffering from fever, body pain and headache in the last week, opted against testing because he thinks everyone has fever these days.
The virtual meeting was held to review public health preparedness for containment and management of COVID-19 and the progress of the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
The government said foreign arrivals, who test positive, will still have to undergo home quarantine for seven days even after they test negative.
Though the strategy will not be different from what was followed during the first two waves of the pandemic, officials are taking aggressive measures to check on those in home isolation.
While some patients complained of getting too many calls from the teleconsultancy service of Delhi government, some said they received the call after recovering from illness.
Meanwhile, AIIMS-Bhubaneswar has decided to curtail new registration of patients in some of the departments in phases from Wednesday.
The helpline numbers — 9999019340, 9999019375, 9999019426 and 9999019745 — will remain operational 24x7.
The Greater Chennai Corporation’s tele-counselling centre has made a total of 36,889 calls to people who tested positive for Covid-19 and are in home isolation since January 4.
The guidelines asserted that the majority of the new cases are either asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms and such cases usually recover with minimal interventions.
In the first phase, the Directorate of AYUSH has engaged 20 additional medical officers in Ganjam district.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a high-level meeting to review the situation and directed the officials to declare holiday in all schools up to Class 10 till January 16.
Asymptomatic contacts of infected individuals need not undergo Covid test and monitor health in home quarantine as per the new guidelines.
Health minister Ma Subramanian said that similar to last year's initiative by the Government to treat COVID-19 patients, a Siddha Centre to treat COVID-19 individuals was inaugurated in the city.
“Though the overall infection in Karnataka is under control, obedience of quarantine by contacts of patients and international arrivals will ensure we keep numbers low.